A man who punched an SSN worker in the face and called a nurse a ‘slag’ after presenting himself to A&E following an overdose on the drug was imprisoned.
Daniel Shelvin, 27, has also been banned from five of Greater Manchester hospitals for five years, unless he needs life-saving care or has an urgent appointment.
Shelvin was detained for two years following the Salford Royal Hospital incident on Sunday March 29, at approximately 1:45 pm.
He had been in A&E five times in the past two weeks and was asking for help, he heard Manchester Crown Court.
On the day of the accident he said he had taken an overdose of prescription drugs.
Shelvin had been booked and was in the waiting room when he asked a nurse for some orange juice.
A water cooler indicated it, prosecutor Rachel Widdicombe said.
But Shelvin suddenly punched an SSN worker, an experienced 50-year-old nurse, in the face.
He fell to the ground and his colleagues hurried to help him.
When Shelvin told him about a senior nurse, he said ‘shut up, little slag, and threatened to’ shave your head. ‘
The man had a fractured cheekbone and painful swelling of the face and had to take a week off.
The court heard that the incident had a “profound negative impact on staff morale” in the hospital.
In defense, Hayley Bennett has stated that Shelvin has shown a “remarkable degree of remorse”, and claims that he has nothing against SSN staff since his mother and aunt are both health workers.
He said Shelvin has mental health problems and a drug was prescribed after the diagnosis of ailments.
But Ms Bennett admitted that Shelvin “is not entirely faultless” as she also used drugs including cocaine, which the court felt she tried for the first time at age 13.
At the time, Bennett said that Shelvin “thought the aliens were chasing him,” and that “the men he met were the incarnation of the devil.”
Judgment, Judge Suzanne Goddard QC told Shelvin: “Your behavior on the day in question was absolutely shameful.
“All this at a time when the NHS is under increasing pressure due to the Covid-19 epidemic.
“The NHS staff has enough to deal with right now, without having to tolerate this type of behavior and be attacked.”
A restraining order has been imposed for five years, which means that Shelvin, without a fixed address, is prohibited from visiting Salford Royal Hospital, North Manchester General Hospital, Royal Oldham Hospital, Rochdale Infirmary and Fairfield Hospital.
The judge said the order applies unless there is a situation where Shelvin “reasonably believes he is threatening your life” or if he has an urgent date.
After the hearing, investigative inspector Thomas Willis, of the Salford district of the GMP, said: “This was a hateful and shocking assault that has absolutely no place in our society – especially at a time when we have a collective duty. to protect our essential NHS workers.
“While today’s verdict makes it abundantly clear that an assault on any person is unacceptable, I hope the poor minority who think they can show such serious disrespect and attack those on the front lines of our emergency services recognize that justice will be discounted.
“While Shelvin spends his time behind bars reflecting on his actions, the victim has already returned to the front lines to help save lives, testifying to the incredible work done by our rescuers in this difficult time.”